We discovered an awesome game the other day called Rust. It’s from the makers of Garry’s Mod, and it’s available right now in pre-release form via Steam for $19.99. Rust is all about surviving in a world driven by player interactions. The world in Rust is a hostile one full of dangers like bears, hunger, and 12 year-olds masquerading as internet tough guys. Starting with just a rock as your only tool and weapon, you are alone in a world where even the nicest human being will revert to a vicious cave man and kill you for your shirt.
Gathering resources and hoarding supplies are the key to survival. Chopping trees gets you wood, smashing rocks gives ores, and killing animals yields cloth/leather/meat/etc. Refining resources and using crafting recipes will allow you to turn wood and stone into a hatchet, metals into revolvers, and all sorts of incredibly useful tools to give you a leg up on everyone else.
Our first day in Rust was all about learning the ropes, gathering supplies, and learning the hard way that you can’t log off in a building with a wooden door. Wooden doors can be chopped down to reveal your vulnerable body sleeping. That’s right, you don’t disappear when you log out and your stuff is never safe. Every wall, post, door, floor, ceiling, etc., can be and placed and requires you to farm the materials. It’s a lot of work but oddly addicting.
Our second day we learned that a metal door can only be destroyed by explosives, and the odds that someone will waste their explosives on your humble abode are slim to none. We actually lucked out… a guy we settled by forgot to shut his door before logging out and, well, Graev paid him a little visit while he slept. Hey, don’t judge! If we didn’t do it then someone else would have, and we wouldn’t have found enough resources to get us a metal door. So now as I write this I pray someone doesn’t blow up my house and take all our hard earned stockpiles of raw chicken.
If the constant rush of adrenaline and heart-pounding, nerve-racking cutt-throat gameplay is what you crave, then Rust won’t disappoint. If you’re not quite up to it, or have blood pressure issues, you can always play on a server without PvE. There are even servers running mods to add functionality and remove some of the frustration. My plan tomorrow is to give these other servers a try.
Though still in “alpha,” Rust is worth the $20 and I expect it to be quite a hit as features continue to be added. We will continue to follow Rust during its development and tell you about any fun or interesting adventures.